Madame Bovary | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Dominick LaCapra

This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of Madame Bovary.
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Critical Essay by Dominick LaCapra

SOURCE: "Aspects of the Novel," in Madame Bovary On Trial, Cornell University Press, 1982, pp. 169-208.

In the following excerpt, LaCapra argues that "Madame Bovary is not simply a 'tragedy of dreams' that places responsibility for Emma's fate' on her reading of romantic novels." He focuses instead on "how modifications in narrative perspective provide a nonlinear subplot" which he relates to the novel's theme of temporality.

Do not speak to me about modern times, with respect to the grandiose. There is not enough there to satisfy the imagination of a feuilletonist of the lowest order.

Flaubert, June 7, 1844

It's equally fatal for the mind to have a system and to have none. It will simply have to decide to combine the two.

Friedrich Schlegel,

Athenaeum Fragments (1798)

Approaching more general aspects...

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